BESSEMER CITY, N.C., April 4 (UPI) -- A North Carolina man who never says “hold the mayo” will be held for all eternity in a Duke’s Mayonnaise jar when he dies.
Larry Clinton of Bessemer City has been searching for a suitable resting place for his cremated remains for over 20 years.
Thanks to his daughter, the 67-year-old now has a custom-made Duke's jar that has a label bearing his name.
Clinton’s daughter, Teresa Clinton-Edge, sent a letter the parent company of Duke’s to request a jar for her father’s remains.
“She sent a very nice letter saying her father had always loved Duke’s Mayo and included a funny story about her father being at a funeral and telling his wife ‘I’d like to get buried in a jar,’” C.F. Sauer executive vice president Mark Sauer told ABC News.
To Clinton-Edge’s surprise, the company was happy to oblige.
“They were custom all the way,” said Sauer. “We took the basis of the label and with the swirl on the bottom and put his name in there. His daughter said he was just delighted. I know it sounds -- well I don’t know how it sounds -- but you almost have to do this. It’s somebody’s last wish so it takes a couple of days and a few bucks from us.”
Clinton is happy to have the jar -- but he’s hoping he won’t have to use it anytime soon.
“My father eats Duke’s Mayonnaise on everything: peaches, pears, baloney sandwiches, banana sandwiches,” Clinton-Edge said. “He says he cannot remember a time that Duke’s wasn’t a part of his family and the food. I’m 43 and that’s the only mayo we’ve ever eaten.”